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IBC Tote & Tank Cleaning

Intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) are durable and chemically compatible storage containers for chemical/coatings/resins/paint used in an extensive range of industrial applications. While each IBC, paint tank, resin tank, adhesive tank and reactor tank cleaning will be different and manufactured for your specific chemical storage/mixing requirements, cleaning IBC totes, tanks, and other containers is critical to ensure that algae, residue, contaminants, and other substances do not contaminate your current IBC totes and tanks contents or future batches.

AcraStrip is your top source for eco-friendly IBC tote and tank cleaning solution. We support green operations across industries and are committed to helping you implement more sustainable operations through biodegradable solvent replacement products and our industrial cleaning knowledge.

Contact us today to learn how AcraStrip cleaners can deliver comprehensive IBC tote cleaning and lower risk at your facility.

Choose Eco-Friendly AcraStrip Solvent Alternatives for IBC Tote and Tank Cleaning

Acetone, MEK, and other traditionally used industrial solvents and cleaners can have critical consequences when used for IBC tote and tank cleaning as they can create long term damage your totes/tank while at the same time exposing employees to noxious and toxic chemicals. The solution? Non-toxic and aqueous AcraStrip 600 B & G cleaners. Designed in tandem with the EPA to ensure compliance with all regulations, AcraStrip 600 B & G offers many benefits:

  • Fully recyclable and completely biodegradable
  • Non-hazardous for workers or the environment
  • pH neutral
  • Non-flammable
  • HAPS-free
  • And much more!

For more information, complete our Safety Data Sheet request form. A highly trained representative will be in touch shortly to discuss how AcraStrip 600 B & G cleaner can enhance your IBC tank cleaning protocols.

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How to Complete IBC Tank Cleaning

IBC tote cleaning, paint tank cleaning, resin tank cleaning, adhesive tank cleaning, and reactor tank cleaning can be completed using a few straightforward steps. Please note: if you are not a cleaning professional, are inexperienced with IBC tote tank cleaning, or are unsure which chemical was previously stored in your IBC tote, contact the supplier of the dirty tote/tank or a cleaning service before attempting the process yourself.

  1. Completely empty your IBC tote or tank
  2. Use an eco-friendly and non-hazardous cleaner, such as AcraStrip 600 series cleaners, to remove all traces of previous contents.
  3. Rinse with a recommended product by Polychem to remove all cleaner from inside the tote.

Frequently Asked Questions About IBC Tote Cleaning

What is the Life Expectancy of an IBC Tote?

The life expectancy of your IBC tote/tank as well as other chemical mixing tanks will depend on the material from which it is constructed. For example, plastic IBC totes and tanks will deliver safe and effective storage for around five years, whereas stainless steel IBCs are safe for decades. However, this lifespan will be heavily impacted by several factors:

  • Following proper cleaning protocols
  • Cleaning IBCs on a regularly scheduled routine
  • Practicing correct handling, transport, and storage techniques
  • Ensuring all DOT standards are met
  • Regularly checking for new damage

How Often Must Plastic IBC Tanks Be Tested?

Plastic IBC tanks must be inspected every two to three years. Every five years, be sure to conduct a thickness test to check that the IBC’s walls meet all safety requirements. If your IBC tank is damaged or no longer meets the required regulations, purchase new ones to ensure safe and effective chemical storage at your facility.

Can IBC Totes be Cleaned?

Yes, IBC totes can be cleaned. Following correct cleaning protocols as a part of a scheduled maintenance routine can extend the lifespan of your IBCs. Please note that containers that ship unknown substances or hazardous materials may be dangerous to clean yourself. In this case, work with a professional service to ensure no workers are at risk.

Contact AcraStrip Today

Contact us or call 800-431-2071 ext. 360 to speak with an expert representative. Our team will help you establish more sustainable IBC tank cleaning practices.